January 4th, 2010
10:04 AM ET
4 years ago

New year, new mayors

Houston will become the largest city in the country to be governed by an openly-gay person when Annise Parker takes over Monday as the city's mayor.
Houston will become the largest city in the country to be governed by an openly-gay person when Annise Parker takes over Monday as the city's mayor.

(CNN) – Houston will become the largest city in the country to be governed by an openly-gay person when Annise Parker takes over Monday as the city's mayor.

Parker was sworn in over the weekend in a private ceremony as chief executive of the nation's fourth largest city. Public events are planned for Monday.

The 53-year-old three-term city controller has never tried to shield her sexual orientation in any of her campaigns for public office. Parker has been with her partner for 19 years and has two adopted children.

Parker won nearly 54 percent of the vote in a runoff election last month, topping former city attorney Gene Lock in the battle to succeed Bill White, who was term limited. White is now aiming for a higher office: Texas governor.

Atlanta gets a new mayor Monday as well, as Kasim Reed is sworn in. Reed, who topped Mary Norwood in a runoff election last month, replaces two-term mayor Shirley Franklin.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. Jeff

    Whoo hoo! Score a big one for "us".....now we just need some of those closeted Congressmen/Senators to come on out of the closet.

    January 4, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  2. NVa Native

    Makes you think that maybe there is hope for the southern states.

    January 4, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  3. Anya

    Congratulations Anise Parker! I'm so incredibly happy to see more gay politicians. Maybe one day soon there will be equality after all...

    January 4, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  4. Reggie

    Doesn't matter about her sexual preference. What matters is her ability to run a large city. That, we shall see.

    January 4, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  5. Citizen

    Good for her. In this day and age to decide whether or not to vote for someone based on sexual orientation is just rediculous. I am glad to see that the voters in Houston are not driven by hatred and ignorance.

    January 4, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  6. Panther Hunter

    Disgusting ... how "non-confusing" for the two children and how embarrassing for the city of Houston and the state of Texas.

    This sort of ignorance and moral bankruptcy is the very reason we (this country) are in the shape we are in now and what has created an enormous blind spot in the judgment of so many as can be evidenced by the voting insanity that has given us the current president.

    January 4, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  7. E

    awesome. So happy for her and this moment.

    January 4, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  8. Joanne in Houston

    By the way, it's "Annise" Parker and Gene "Locke".

    January 4, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  9. elliott

    sad........very sad...................

    January 4, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  10. bob

    Houston, Texas gets an openly gay mayor... yep, the GOP sure is making a comeback.

    January 4, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  11. mike

    Congratulations Ms Parker and best of luck to you!

    January 4, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  12. SNAPPA

    Congratulations Ms. Mayor!!!!!!!

    January 4, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  13. Tammy

    As long as she does a good job as mayor. The rest is none of our business.

    January 4, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  14. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Whats next Richard Simmons for president .

    January 4, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  15. Samir

    Way to go, Houston!

    January 4, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  16. mike

    I am glad to see that the people voted for a person who is qualified
    to do the job and not because of there personal issues I would rather
    have someone be openly gay so I can respect who they are and they
    can respect who I am

    January 4, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  17. Keith

    Why does her being gay have to continue to make headlines? I don't remember any headline on January 20, 2009 that said, Black President makes History. She hasn't made an issue out of it, Mr. Obama didn't either. Only CNN continues to make it an issue. It's tiresome and it's insulting.

    January 4, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Why should we care about Parker's orientation? Why is this news? If she's qualified for the job, and the voters chose her, her sexual orientation shouldn't be an issue. This is only news if one is trying to promote a social agenda.

    January 4, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  19. Mitchell from MS

    How is his history? The fact that she chooses to be gay and was elected mayor is of NO importance.

    Really CNN no wonder you are always dead last in the news ratings

    January 4, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  20. BCW - NYC

    This decade is the time to fully embrace diversity and demonstrate equal rights to all Americans in this country. I am hopeful that we the citizens can make this country the best for the people of all races, sexual orientations, religions, etc.

    January 4, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. buckeye

    Whatever happened to lesbians? Happy (Gay?) New Year!

    January 4, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  22. Matt

    She's gay. Who cares? Good Morning CNN – it's 2010 – Why is a gay Mayor worthy of front page news?

    January 4, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  23. Paul

    Congratulations Annise. I am so happy I had the opportunity to help you get elected. Your 12 years as a dedicated civil servant have proven you to be the most qualified candidate to be mayor. My best wishes to you and your family.

    January 4, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  24. Jay

    She is not making history ans she is far from the first.
    Check the facts
    How about Mayor of Attleboro Massachusetts Kevin Dumas.

    January 4, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  25. Keek

    Congratulations to Houston and Mayor Parker!

    Whatever her orientation, I trust that she will be a wonderful leader. (But I'm glad that Houston has reminded folks that TX does have some progressives!)

    Sincerely,

    An Austin Neighbor

    January 4, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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